Players to wear black arm bands tonight

IPSWICH Town players will wear black arm bands in tonight's friendly against Spanish side Real Valladolid.

IPSWICH Town players will wear black arm bands in tonight's friendly against Spanish side Real Valladolid.

Flags are flying at half mast at Portman Road in memory of Sir Bobby Robson and there will be a Book of Remembrance opened at the Centre Spot from 3pm.

Supporters are being invited to lay floral tributes at Sir Bobby's statue and there will be two minutes silence before tonight's game, which kicks-off at 7.30pm.

Town chief executive Simon Clegg paid tribute to Sir Bobby on behalf of the club.

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“This is a very sad day for Ipswich Town Football Club and the world of football in general,” said Clegg.

“Sir Bobby was held in the highest esteem within the local community and in particular by generations of supporters of this football club and will be greatly missed by all.

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“On behalf of the Football Club, I would like to send our deepest sympathies to Sir Bobby's family.”

Ipswich Town Independent Supporters Trust also spoke of its sadness at the passing of the Town legend.

Spokeswoman Jane Summerfield said: “It is hard to over estimate the impact he has had on the history of Ipswich Town Football Club before his successful tenure at the helm of the national side.

“Forever linked with the FA and UEFA cup winning sides and the brilliant players that he brought to Portman Road, he was truly a legend in a world where that word is often used for those who have achieved much less, and garnered nothing approaching the love and respect of fans of all clubs.

“We love him as our own, but of course we shared him with the Newcastle and England fans particularly.

“For anyone who loves Ipswich Town Football Club he will always have a special place in our hearts too. And for so long as there is an ITFC we will remember how this talented man brought warmth, humour and amazing success to a small town in Suffolk.

“Thank you, Sir Bobby. We love you.”

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